The first chapter had great promise, but, at chapter 9, has yet to deliver anything but a whiny heroine and, an amazingly obtuse hero. Two people, that couldn't be more opposite, are thrown together as partners and 8 chapters later, they are still, childishly, working on said relationship and have yet to resolve anything. It seems, to my embarrassment, I have been hood-winked into buying a SteamPunk romance, masquerading as an action adventure. I am going to give it 2 more chapters to make sure.
For some time now, I've been hesitant about trying "steampunk" literature, even though I like steampunk costumes, and as for literature I'm big on science-fiction, and fantasy.
Wow! Am I ever glad I bought this!
I found the story was essentially riveting from the beginning, and then all the way through to the end. I do a lot of driving because of my work, but even with all the driving time, I found myself wanting to sit in the driveway and listen when I got home. I couldn't really wait until the next time I got in the car.
And, by the way, I hate all the driving I have to do. Or may now I should say, I "hated" all the driving. Now I look forward to it. I've already purchased book two in this series, and can't wait to have to get back in the car later today.
As for story details, I'm not giving any of it away. Suffice it to say that I found the appropriate amount of exposition, dialogue, and action. Unsurprisingly to me (and it was the thing that had made me hesitant about steampunk in the first place), there does not seem to be much in the way of explanation of any of the "science" behind the gadgets. In that sense – and, again, I expected this – it simply reminded me of a less sophisticated "Go-Go Gadget" show. But as it turned out, the gadgets aren't much of a distraction; or the story was good enough that I didn't think about the gadgets much.
I enjoyed that the writing took into account not just things like the visuals, but also included even references to smells, the feel of heat, and other sensations. It definitely is some good and thoughtful writing.
Okay. That's it for now. I need to find an excuse to go for a drive.
Engineer, Writer, Pedestrian Philosopher
Good writing, Good Characters, Good Performance.
The characters are well developed throughout the series. Yes, you need to get the rest of the series.
Really? I am not going to be a spoiler. Suffice it to say the climax is thrilling.
Nothing that would make me pull of the road but I only do that for comedies.
I have listened to the second one book in the series and just starting the 3rd and my comments about character development still stand
I guess I can't go with so many anachronistic elements in a so-called Victorian story, even a steampunk one. Inviting a gentleman from work to breakfast while she bathed before him, all the so-called upper class men's abuse of their wives in front of others. I almost decided to give it up, but decided to listen while in bed and not feeling well. As I said, it was not poorly written, just stupid in parts. Plot okay, sometimes drags, other times exciting.
Action aplenty in this story, in fact the protagonists jump from one action scene to another. If you like action with a steampunk flavor then this is the book for you. Maybe. It was written in a way as if contemporary morals were current in Victorian England, which of course they weren't. But if you like your female heroes sexy and pushy, strange steampunk technology, bucketloads of action, and dastardly one dimensional villains, you'll like this book.
While I mostly enjoyed this book, I don't think I'm the target demographic the author was aimed for. I won't be buying any of the other books in this series. Probably not anyway.
In the second half of the audio. He changes the voice of secondary character (Lizzy) it almost sounds too child like.
Better organization of plot.It's not clear who they work for, even after a whole history lesson on the ministry.
It's not clear whether the premise is regular military spy/intelligence gathering or the paranormal. Two hours into this book it still wasn't clear and there is just a lot of bickering between the two characters with the trite names of Books and Braun. And unnecessary mentions of heaving bosoms.
I love James Langton, he did an amazing job on the Here there be Dragons series.
Where to start?
I've never contemplated a refund before...
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
A different type of book. A bit funny, lots of action, a twist of steampunk with mystery, and rich characters. This is a story not at all for the prudish type. The book had both things I really liked and things that I defiantly didn't. There was lots of sexual tension between the main characters, although it does look like it will be a strictly business/friendship relationship on that front. I really like the steampunk genre and this is a good addition on that trend. What I didn't like was the tawdry sexual situation that came at the house party, it was almost enough to turn me off the rest of the series. I will probably read the next book, most likely I will wait for a sale. Narrator was very good. There was some complaints about his accents, I didn't notice them being off and thought he did a lovely job.
I would have loved this book in High School. I am serious. It would have been something I told everyone about and recommended highly. Unfortunately it just seemed to contrived and self conscious as an adult.
The characters are extremely one dimensional and close to unlikeable. The "romance" is written to arouse fourteen year old boys and girls.
I have never written a negative review before, but I really regret wasting my time on this one.